re·​mu·​ner·​ate ri-ˈmyü-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce remunerate (audio)
remunerated; remunerating

transitive verb

: to pay an equivalent for
their services were generously remunerated
: to pay an equivalent to for a service, loss, or expense : recompense
remunerator noun
remuneratory adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for remunerate

pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something.

pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred.

paid their bills

compensate implies a making up for services rendered.

an attorney well compensated for her services

remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for.

promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely

satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law.

all creditors will be satisfied in full

reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit.

reimbursed employees for expenses

indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare.

indemnified the families of the dead miners

repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount.

repay a favor with a favor

recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward.

passengers were recompensed for the delay

Examples of remunerate in a Sentence

promptly remunerated the repair company for fixing the dryer the negligent landlord must remunerate those made homeless by the fire by finding new housing for them at his own expense
Recent Examples on the Web As part of an agreement to end the strike, a payment pot was set up to remunerate actors based on future viewings of their work on streaming services. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 14 May 2024 The majority of truly important work is not highly remunerated. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024 However, the writers who create the stories which appear on these platforms are not being adequately remunerated for their work. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 12 Sep. 2023 The lawsuit makes no specific monetary demand but asks that a jury require Tesla to remunerate alleged victims for the conduct they were subjected to and pay other damages, as appropriate. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 28 Sep. 2023 The Global Fund recently became the first major international health organization to require countries that receive its grants to budget what delivery would be done by community health workers and the funding gap for remunerating them. Stephanie Nolen Tiksa Negeri, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Ye is also being sued for $4.5 million by his former business manager, Thomas St. John, who claims he wasn’t remunerated for all of his work; meanwhile, a production company, the Phantom Labs, is similarly taking the rapper to court for allegedly not paying them $7.1 million worth of work. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2023 The president of the Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), Sandi Toksvig, is set to call for changes to the way in which streamers remunerate writers. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 12 Sep. 2023 That issue of residuals and people being remunerated for each piece of art is key. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Latin remuneratus, past participle of remunerare to recompense, from re- + munerare to give, from muner-, munus gift — more at mean

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of remunerate was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Remunerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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re·​mu·​ner·​ate ri-ˈmyü-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce remunerate (audio)
remunerated; remunerating
: to pay an equivalent to for a service, loss, or expense : recompense
remunerator noun

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